SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Before operating the appliance, please read this manual thoroughly and retain it for your reference.
  • Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this instruction manual. This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
  • Because these following operating instructions cover various models, the characteristics of your Kimchi Refrigerator may differ slightly from those described in this manual.

WARNING
STATE OF CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING

  • Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
  • Hazards or unsafe practices that may result in severe personal injury or death.
  • CAUTION: Hazards or unsafe practices that may result in minor personal injury or property damage.

Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
WARNING

  • Keep ventilation openings, in the appliance enclosure or in the built-in structure, clear of obstruction.
  • Do not use mechanical devices or other means to accelerate the defrosting process, other than those recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do not damage the refrigerant circuit.
  • Do not use electrical appliances inside the food storage compartments of The appliance, unless they are of the type recommended by the manufacturer.
    WARNING
  • Risk of child entrapment. Before you throw away your old refrigerator or freezer:
    • Take off the doors.
    • Leave the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
  • CRITICAL INSTALLATION
    WARNINGS
  • Do not install the Kimchi Refrigerator in a damp place or place where it may come in contact with water.
  • Deteriorated insulation on electrical parts may cause an electric shock or fire.
  • Do not place this Kimchi Refrigerator in direct sunlight or expose to the heat from stoves, room heaters, or other appliance.
  • Do not install this appliance in a humid, oily or dusty location, in a location exposed to direct sunlight and water (rain drops). Do not install this appliance in a location where gas may leak.
    • This may result in an electric shock or fire.
  • Never use gas pipes, telephone lines or other potential lightning rods as ground.
    • Improper use of the ground plug can result in electric shock. If it is necessary to use an extension cord, use only a 3-wire extension cord that has a 3-blade grounding plug and a 3-slot receptacle that will accept the plug on the appliance. The marked rating of the extension cord should be AC115-120 V, 10 A, or more. If a grounding adapter is used, make sure the receptacle box is fully grounded.
  • Do not plug several appliances into the same power strip. The Kimchi Refrigerator should always be plugged into its own individual electrical socket which has a voltage rating that matches the rating plate.
    • This provides the best performance and also prevents overloading of the house wiring circuits, which could cause a fire hazard from overheated wires.
  • Do not use a cord that shows cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at either end.
  • Do not bend the power cord excessively or place heavy articles on it.
  • Do not use electrical appliances inside the food storage compartments of the appliance, unless they are of the type recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do not store explosive substance es such as aerosol cans with a flammable propellant in this appliance.
  • Keep ventilation openings in the appliance enclosure or mounting structure clear of obstructions.
  • This Kimchi Refrigerator must be properly located and installed in accordance with the manual before you use it.
  • Plug the power plug into the wall socket firmly. If the wall socket is loose, do not insert the power plug.
  • There is a risk of electric shock or fire.
  • Connect the power plug in proper orientation with the cord hanging down.
  • If you connect the power plug upside down, the wire can get cut off and cause fire or electric shock. When moving the Kimchi Refrigerator, be careful not to roll over or damage the power cord.
  •  This constitutes a fire hazard.
  • Make sure that the power plug is not squashed or damaged by the back of the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • Keep the packing materials out of reach of children.
  • The plastic bags and other packing material can cause death by suffocation.
  • The appliance must be positioned so that the plug is accessible after installation.
  • Failing to do so may result in an electric shock or fire due to electric leakage.
  • The Kimchi Refrigerator must be grounded.
  • You must ground the Kimchi Refrigerator to prevent any power leakages or electric shocks caused by current leakage from the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • If the power cord is damaged, have it replaced immediately by the manufacturer or its service agent.
  • The fuse on the refrigerator must be changed by a qualified technician or service company.
    • Failing to do so may result in electric shock or personal injury.

INSTALLATION CAUTIONS

  • The installation or any service of this appliance is recommended by a qualified technician or service company.
    • Failing to do so may result in an electric shock, fire, explosion, problems with the product, or injury.
  • The socket must be easily accessible so that the appliance can be quickly disconnected the supply in an emergency. It must be outside the area of the rear of the appliance.

CRITICAL USAGE WARNINGS

  • Do not use or place any substances sensitive to temperature such as inflammable sprays, inflammable objects, dry ice, medicine, or chemicals near the refrigerator. Do not keep volatile or inflammable objects or substances (benzene, thinner, propane gas, etc.) in the refrigerator.
    • This refrigerator is for storing food only.
    • This may result in fire or explosion.
  • Do not use mechanical devices or any other means to accelerate the defrosting process, other than those recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do not damage the refrigerant circuit.
  • Do not spray volatile material such as insecticide onto the surface of the appliance.
    • As well as being harmful to humans, it may also result in an electric shock, fire or problems wit the product.
  • Do not use a hair dryer to dry the inside of the refrigerator. Do not place a lighted candle in the refrigerator for removing bad odors.
  • This may result in an electric shock or fire.
  • Do not insert or remove the power plug from a wall socket with wet hands.
  • Do not store articles on the top of the appliance.
  • When you open or close the door, the articles may fall and cause personal injury and/or material damage.
  • Do not put a Kimchi Container filled with water on the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • If spilled, there is a risk of fire or electric shock.
  • Do not let children hang on the door. They could be seriously injured.
  • Do not let children go inside the Kimchi Refrigerator. There is a risk the children could be trapped.
  • Do not touch the inside walls of the Kimchi Refrigerator or products stored in the Kimchi Refrigerator with wet hands.
  • This may cause frostbite.
  • Do not store volatile or flammable substances in the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • The storage of benzene, thinner, alcohol, ether, LP gas and other such products may cause an explosion.
  • Do not store pharmaceuticals products, scientific materials, or temperature sensitive products in the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • Products that require strict temperature controls must not be stored in the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • Do not place or use electrical appliances inside the Kimchi Refrigerator, unless they are of the type recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do not disassemble or repair the Kimchi Refrigerator yourself.
  • You run the risk of causing a fire, malfunction, and/ or personal injury.
  • Do not use any fuse(such as cooper, steel wire, etc.) other than the standard fuse.
  • When repairing or reinstalling the appliance is required, contact your nearest service center.
  • Failing to do so may result in an electric shock, fire, problems with the product, or injury.
  • Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.
  • This product is intended only for the storage of kimchi in a domestic environment.
  • If a gas leak is detected, avoid any naked flames or potential sources of ignition and air the room in which the appliance is standing for several minutes.
  • If you smell burning plastic or smoke, pull the power plug out immediately and contact your Samsung Electronics service center.

USAGE CAUTIONS

  • Do not place carbonated or fizzy drinks in the Kimchi Refrigerator compartment. Do not put bottles or glass Kimchi Containers in the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • When the contents freeze, the glass may break and cause personal injury.
  • To get the best performance from the product:
  • Do not place kimchi too close to the vents at the rear of the appliance. This can obstruct free air circulation in the Kimchi Refrigerator compartment.
  • Wrap the kimchi up properly or place it in airtight Kimchi Containers before you put it into the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • Do not put any new, unfermented kimchi for freezing near finsihed kimchi.
  • Please observe maximum storage times and expiration dates of frozen goods.
  • There is no need to disconnect the Kimchi Refrigerator from the power supply if you will be away for less than three weeks. But, remove all the kimchi if you are going away for the three weeks or more. Unplug the Kimchi Refrigerator, and then clean, rinse, and dry it.
  • If any foreign substance such as water has entered the appliance, unplug the power plug and contact your nearest service center.
    • Failing to do so may result in an electric shock or fire.
    • This appliance is intended to be used in household and similar applications such as
    • staff kitchen areas in shops, offices and other working environments;
    • farm houses and by clients in hotels, motels and other residential type environments;
    • bed and breakfast type environments;
    • catering and similar non-retail applications

CLEANING CAUTIONS

  • Do not use benzene, thinner or alcohol to clean the appliance.
  • This may result in discoloration, deformation, damage, electric shock or fire.
  • Do not spray water directly onto the inside or outside of the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • There is a risk of fire or electric shock.
  • Do not spray flammable gas near the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • There is a risk of explosion or fire
  • Remove any foreign matter or dust from the power plug pins, but do not use a wet or damp cloth when cleaning the plug.
  • Otherwise, there is a risk of fire or electric shock.
  • Do not spray cleaning solutions directly on the display.
  • Printed letters on the display may come off.
  • Unplug the Kimchi Refrigerator before cleaning or making repairs.

CRITICAL DISPOSAL WARNINGS

  • When disposing of this or other Kimchi Refrigerators, remove the door/door seals and door latch so that small children or animals cannot become trapped inside. Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.
  • Please dispose of the packaging material for this product in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Leave the shelves in place so that children can not easily climb inside. Ensure that none of the pipes on the back of the appliance are damaged prior to disposal.
  • R600a or R134a is used as a refrigerant. Check the compressor label on the rear of the appliance or the rating label inside the Kimchi Refrigerator to see which refrigerant is used for your Kimchi Refrigerator. If this product contains flammable gas (Refrigerant R600a), contact your local authority in regard to safe disposal of this product. Cyclopentane is used as an insulation-blowing gas. The gases in the insulation material require a special disposal procedure. Please contact your local authorities in regard to the environmentally safe disposal of this product. Ensure that none of the pipes on the back of the appliances are damaged prior to disposal.
  • If the appliance contains an iso-butane refrigerant (R600a), a natural gas with high environmental compatibility that is, however, also combustible, you should take care when transporting and installing the appliance to ensure that no parts of the refrigerating circuit are damaged.
  • Refrigerant squirting out of the pipes could ignite or cause an eye injury. If a leak is detected, avoid any naked flames or potential sources of ignition and air the room in which the appliance is standing for several minutes.
  • To prevent the creation of a flammable gasair mixture if a leak in the refrigerating circuit occurs, the room in which the refrigerator may be sited must be 1m³ in size for every 8 g of R600a refrigerant in the refrigerator. The amount of refrigerant in your particular appliance is shown on the identification plate inside the appliance.
  • Never start up an appliance showing any signs of damage. If in doubt, consult your dealer.

ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR PROPER USAGE

  • In the event of a power failure, call the local office of your Electricity Company and ask how long it is going to last.
  • Most power failures that are corrected in an hour or two will not affect your Kimchi Refrigerator temperatures. However, you should minimize the number of door openings while the power is off.
  • But should the power failure last more than 24 hours, remove all frozen kimchi.
  • The appliance might not operate consistently when sited for an extended period of time below the cold end of the range of temperatures for which the refrigerating appliance is designed.
  • Your appliance is frost free, which means there is no need to manually defrost your appliance, as this will be carried out automatically.
  • If you want to prevent an undue rise in the temperature of the frozen kimchi while maturing, please wrap the frozen kimchi in several layers of newspaper.

THIS APPLIANCE IS INTENDED TO BE USED IN HOUSEHOLD AND SIMILAR APPLICATIONS SUCH AS

•  staff kitchen areas in shops, offices and other working environments;
•  farm houses and by clients in hotels, motels and other residential type environments;
•  bed and breakfast type environments;
• catering and similar non-retail applications.

Overview

refrigerator overview
  1. Left and Right Doors
    Hinged doors that form airtight seals to maintain the temperature inside the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  2. Deodorizers
    Eliminates foul odors from inside the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  3. Kimchi Containers
    Used for storing kimchi. The Kimchi Container design and configuration may vary depending on the model of your Kimchi Refrigerator.
  4. Mode Selection and
    Display Used to select the kimchi storage mode. The control and display layout may vary depending on the model of your Kimchi Refrigerator.
  5. Body
  6. Casters
    Casters make the Kimchi Refrigerator easier to move.
  7. Height Adjustors
    Used to adjust the horizontal level of the Kimchi Refrigerator.

Pre-Installation Checklist

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Allow sufficient clearance between the Kimchi Refrigerator and nearby walls or furniture, and set up the Kimchi Refrigerator on a solid, even surface. You must locate and install this Kimchi Refrigerator in accordance with the directions in this manual before using it.

  • Leave at least a 10cm clearance behind the Kimchi Refrigerator. Failing to do so may result in the doors bumping into the wall or any furniture located behind the Kimchi Refrigerator when you open it, damaging them.
  • The floor must be solid enough to sustain the Kimchi Refrigerator’s weight after it is completely filled with kimchi.
  • Installing the Kimchi Refrigerator on an inclined surface or on a step can cause it to tip over and result in injury. Set up the Kimchi Refrigerator in a location where the ambient temperature remains constant.
  • Items inside the Kimchi Refrigerator may freeze and become soft if the ambient temperature is too low. The ambient temperature should be between 5ºC and 43ºC.
  • Do not set up the Kimchi Refrigerator in an area with direct sunlight, near heating appliances, or where the ambient temperature is extremely low. Do not place the Kimchi Refrigerator on a carpet or rug.
  • This will obstruct ventilation and cause the mechanical compartment to overheat, resulting in a fire hazard and decreasing the performance of the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • Keep ventilation openings in the appliance enclosure or mounting structure clear of obstructions.
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Clearance
See the following figures and tables for space requirements for installation.

A. 27 3/4” (702 mm)
B. 36 1/2” (925 mm)
C. 35 5/8” (905 mm)
D. 38 3/8” (973 mm)

Before Use

When storing Kimchi

  • Please store Kimchi in sealed Containers. if kimchi is stored in plastic bags or other Containers, it can be frozen or it can spoil.
  • When filling Containers with Kimchi, fill the Containers up to the limit line inside of the Containers. If the Containers are too full, Kimchi liquid may leak out and the Kimchi’s taste may be spoiled by the gas produced by the process of Kimchi ripening.
  • You must cover Kimchi with its liquid and seal the Containers properly. If the Containers are not sealed properly, air can enter the Containers and cause the Kimchi to get moldy and turn white.
  • Check if Kimchi liquid is leaking out of the Containers by taking the Containers out of the refrigerator 2~3 days after you first store them. You should be able to store Kimchi long term without Kimchi liquid leaking from the Containers.

Power Outage

  • If possible, do not open the Kimchi Refrigerator doors during a power outage. Outages lasting two to three hours will not affect the kimchi significantly.
  • Once the power is restored, the Kimchi Refrigerator resumes operating using the same settings as before the power outage.
Using Kimchi Containers

[Benefits of Using Kimchi Containers]
• The Kimchi Containers have lids so that you can take out kimchi without having to take the heavy Kimchi Containers out of the Kimchi Refrigerator.

[Causes of Kimchi Container Deformation]
• Placing the Kimchi Container or its lid in boiling water or drying them in direct sunlight will cause them to deform. (Once deformed, the lid will no longer keep air out of the Kimchi Container or keep your kimchi fresh.)

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[Using the Kimchi Containers]Opening the Kimchi Container from Inside the Kimchi Refrigerator
• Hook your thumb and fingers into the lockdown flap and push in the direction of the arrow as if rotating the flap.

Opening the Kimchi Container from Outside the Kimchi Refrigerator
• Grab the flaps as shown in the diagram and pull them apart using your thumbs.

Closing the Kimchi Container lid.
• Align the lid with the Kimchi Container and then snap all four flaps into place.

CAUTION

• Make sure that all Kimchi Container flaps are locked before transporting the Kimchi Container. The lid may come loose if all of the flaps have been not locked securely. If the lid does come off, the Kimchi Container will drop and possibly result in injury. Always hold the Kimchi Container with two hands when transporting it.
• Do not submerge the Kimchi Container or lid in boiling water or dry them under direct sunlight.

NOTE

• The lid of a Kimchi Container that has been stored in a regular or Kimchi refrigerator may be difficult to open due to a temporary vacuum pressure buildup inside the Kimchi Container. To remedy this, leave the Kimchi Container at room temperature for a while.
• Kimchi liquid might leak or the taste might be spoiled if a container is placed on its side or upside down.
• Fold the handles and attach them to the cover after putting the container into the Kimchi refrigerator. If you leave the handles up and this prevents the door of the Kimchi refrigerator from closing properly, it may affect the taste of Kimchi.

Controls and Display

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The Samsung Kimchi Refrigerator has separate left and right compartments. Each compartment has individual operating and stop buttons. You can choose to use one compartment or both.

  1. Ferment
  2. Progress indicator
  3. External temperature sensor indicator
  4. Preserve
  5. Lock
  6. Cooling Off
  1. Ferment (Left / Right compartment)
    • Unlock the main panel and press Ferment of the desired compartment to select a ferment mode for kimchi.
    • For the Left and Right compartment, each time you press Ferment changes the mode in the following order: Normal > Slow
  2. Progress indicator
    • The number of remaining days of the selected Ferment or Preserve mode is displayed.
  3. External temperature sensor indicator
    • If the external temperature is 13 °C or higher, the indicator turns orange. If the temperature is lower than 13 °C, the indicator turns green.
  4. Preserve (Left / Right compartment)
      PreserveUnlock the main panel and press Preserve to select the desired preserve mode.•  For the left compartment, each time you press Preserve changes the mode in the following order:Cold > Cold+ > Cool > 1hr+ > Low Salt > Packaged > Veg > Meat > Freezer Cold > Freezer Cold+ > Freezer Cool.•  For the Right compartment, each time you press Preserve changes the mode in the following order:Cold > Cold+ > Cool > 1hr+ > Low Salt > Rice/Wine > Veg > Meat > Freezer Cold > Freezer Cold+ > Freezer Cool
  5. Lock
    • With the main panel unlocked, press Lock to lock the main panel. The Lock icon turns on when the panel is locked.With the main panel locked, press and hold Lock for 3 seconds to unlock the main panel. The Unlock icon turns on when the panel is unlocked.
  6. Cooling Off
    • Cooling Off mode (also called Shop mode) is designed for use by retailers when they are displaying refrigerators on a retail floor. In Cooling Off mode, the refrigerator’s fan motor and lights operate normally, but the compressors do not run, so neither the refrigerator nor the freezer becomes cold. To enter or exit the Cooling Off mode, press and hold Ferment, Preserve Left compartment and Lock simultaneously for 5 seconds. When the Cooling Off mode is on, the refrigerator chime sounds, and the refrigerator shows “0”, “F”, and “F” on the progress indicator.
    NOTE
    • If no action is taken for one minute after selecting a mode, the main panel will be locked automatically.
    • If you press a button while the main panel is locked, the LED indicator on the Lock button will blink to indicate that the panel is locked.

Operation

How to select functions

  1. Press and hold [Lock] button for over 3 seconds to set it in the “Unlock” state.
    • If the Unlock icon ( ) appears on the display, it is in the Unlock state.
    • If the power is turned off, press the button in the compartment to be used to turn on the power.
  2. Select the button of the compartment to store it.
    • To eat deliciously ripe kimchi – “Ferment” function. Use the “Ferment function” from the beginning of storage and kimchi to be stored for a long time shall be stored by “Preserve – Cold” from the beginning. Once the Ferment function is completed, “Preserve – Cold” is selected to begin the storage function. If you eat kimchi at this time, you may enjoy the fresh taste of ripe kimchi.
    • To store kimchi in a fresher manner for a long time – “Preserve” function
    • Before storing kimchi, press the button of the desired compartment 2 to 3 hours before and select “Preserve Cold, Cold+, Cool, 1hr Cold+, Low Salt or Packaged” to make the inside of the Kimchi Refrigerator in a cold state before storage, and kimchi can be stored for a long period if the Kimchi Refrigerator doors are not frequently opened.
    • To store meat and fish in a fresher manner – “Meat” function
    • Store only the amount of meat or fish that will be used within 3 days and, if you want to store it for a long period, select “Freezer”.
    • When storing meat or fish, some frost or ice may be generated on the inside. It is created by frequent opening and closing of the Kimchi Refrigerator doors or latent heat of the stored food and it is not a malfunction so you can feel safe while using it.
    • To store vegetables in a fresher manner – “Veg” function
    • When storing vegetables in a Kimchi Container, do not close the lid completely for use.If vegetables or fruits directly contact the walls of the Kimchi Refrigerator, they may freeze (please use Containers).
    • If apples are stored in a sealed container, the browning phenomenon may progress quickly.
    • To store meat for a long period or store frozen food – “Freezer” function
    • During Freezer storage, frost or ice may be generated on the inside of the compartment.
    • This is a natural phenomenon caused by a direct cooling mechanism.
    • During Freezer storage, it may be difficult to open the door as the air cools.
    • Cold, Cold+ and Cool can be selected and used for the Freezer function as well.
  3. Press [Lock] button to set it in the “Lock” state.
    • Once the selection is complete, it automatically returns to the Lock state after 1 minute even if [Lock] button is not pressed.

NOTE

  • If you open the Kimchi Refrigerator doors too frequently, the temperature will change and this may cause the taste of kimchi to alter and the kimchi itself to ripen quickly.
  • For kimchi purchased at a market or brought from somewhere else, store it in “Preserve – Packaged” immediately to maintain the delicious initial taste of the kimchi (however, it will go sour quickly if the time during which it is placed at room temperature is long).
  • Vegetables and fruits have different storage periods and temperatures depending on the kind, harvest timing, storage method, etc. so store only the amount that will be consumed within 1 to 2 weeks.

Storing kimchi properly
Choose the proper Preserve mode according to the type or recipe of the kimchi.

  • Using an improper Preserve mode can cause the kimchi to freeze or go sour.
  • If storing bland kimchi with salty kimchi in the same compartment, select the Preserve mode suitable for the bland kimchi to prevent the freezing of the kimchi.

Temperature selection tip Normal kimchi

  Type of kimchi and salinity (%)Preserve mode (temperature
Cold+ColdCoolLow salt kimchi
Salty kimchi(aged kimchi) 3.0 % and over (salty)OptimalAdequateAdequateAdequate
Normal kimchi(cabbage kimchi, mustard leaf kimchi) 2.2–3.0 % (normal) May freeze Optimal Adequate Adequate
Watery kimchi(young summer radish watery kimchi, radish watery kimchi) 2.2 % and lower (bland) May freeze May freeze Optimal Adequate
Special low salt kimchi0.7–1.5 % (bland)May freezeMay freezeMay freezeOptimal

Fermenting kimchi deliciously

Fermenting kimchi inside a Kimchi Refrigerator

  • Use the “Ferment function”. Once fermentation is complete, it automatically changes to “Preserve – Cold” for storage.
  • The period for fermentation to finish is uniform regardless of the volume of the contents.
  • The number shown on the fermentation progress indicator refers to the time remaining until fermentation is complete. If the remaining time is 24 hours or less, it is indicated in hourly intervals.

Fermenting kimchi outdoors

  • Once the kimchi juice level rises and the juice starts to bubble, store the kimchi inside the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • Allowing the kimchi to ferment a little and then storing it at a low temperature will give you tasty kimchi that is rich in probiotics.
  • The time when outdoor fermentation of kimchi is complete during a kimchi-making season is
    • when the kimchi juice level rises and the juice begins to bubble,
    • when the kimchi loses its raw vegetable scent and develops a sour taste, and
    • when the juice tastes ripe but the cabbage does not taste fully ripe. Once you start seeing these signs, store the kimchi inside the Kimchi Refrigerator.

NOTE

  • Please be mindful that the fermentation time when fermenting kimchi outdoors varies depending on the type of kimchi, salinity (amount of salt), and season (fermentation temperature).
  • You will be able to eat the fermented kimchi for a longer period if you store it in the “Preserve – Cold+” mode (however, if thin ice is seen during storage, store it in the “Preserve – Cold” mode).
    Other than kimchi-making seasonKimchi-making season (about 10 ℃)Within 1 dayWithin 3 days

About fermenting speed

  • The fermenting speed of kimchi varies depending on the amount of salt and the types and amounts of ingredients (seasoning).
  • The salt concentration is the most important factor in fermenting kimchi. It takes a shorter time to ripen kimchi if the salt concentration level is low but the ripening speed slows down if the salt concentration level is high.
  • The fermenting speed is affected by the types and amounts of seasonings used to add flavor to the kimchi, and varies significantly depending on your locale and dietary pattern. Using large amounts of ingredients such as garlic, seafood (oysters, raw shrimp, croaker, hairtail, etc.), onions, dried red pepper powder, cucumbers, and green onions speeds up the fermenting process. On the other hand, adding ingredients such as chives, mustard leaves, and ginseng slows the fermenting process.

NOTE

  • Once the Ferment function is set, the fermenting process is initiated in the entire Kimchi Refrigerator so store only the amount to be ripened.
  • The degree of fermentation may vary depending on the type of kimchi, salinity (amount of salt), and season so taste your kimchi periodically during the fermenting process to check if the kimchi is ripe, and switch to the Preserve mode for use.
  • Kimchi may not feel cold during the fermenting process. Once fermentation is complete, it switches to “Preserve – Cold” and, after this point, you may enjoy cold kimchi.
  • If you prefer raw kimchi, skip the fermenting process and use the Preserve function right away.
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Storing kimchi long-term

  • Do not put kimchi above the maximum line (A) inside the container (or the handle type locking tabs (B) for the metallic Containers). Overfilling the kimchi container will result in gas filling the container and causing the juices to spill over. If kimchi juices spill over, outside air can enter the container and spoil the kimchi.
  • Push down on the kimchi to ensure that no air is trapped inside, and the kimchi is completely submerged in the kimchi juice. Exposing the kimchi to air can cause yeast to form and an unpleasant odor to develop. It is also advisable to cover the kimchi using outer cabbage leaves or plastic sheets to protect it from air exposure.

FAQs regarding Kimchi

SymptomSolution
Kimchi is frozen!– As the appropriate storage temperature differs by the kinds of Kimchi and salinity, please check the kind of Kimchi. Low salinity Kimchi or watery Kimchi is likely to be frozen. Keep it under Kimchi (Weak).
Kimchi gets sourquickly.–    Check whether the storage temperature is too high. Low salinity Kimchi might get frozen at low temperature so keep it under Kimchi (Weak) even though it gets sour quickly.–    If Kimchi is overseasoned, it might get sour quickly.
The color of Kimchi has changed.–    It is because the Kimchi had lots of water when it was made or the seasoning is not properly applied.–    Decolorized Kimchi is caused by yeast. Remove the decolorized portion and store the Kimchi with enough liquid.
  Some white strands (white yeast) appear on the Kimchi.–    It can be formed when the surface of Kimchi is in contact with the air, so cover the Kimchi with outer leaves, sanitary bags or add more salt to prevent the air from coming into contact.–    Don’t take the Kimchi out with wet hands. The moisture from outside can cause the formation of yeast. Take the Kimchi out with dry hands or sanitary gloves. Also, fill the remaining Kimchi with Kimchi liquid by pressing it forcefully.–    If you leave the Kimchi as it is, the yeast might increase and make the Kimchi runny. Therefore, remove the yeast right away.–    Yeast can appear as time goes by even in the Kimchi refrigerator.
   Kimchi gets runny!–    If you used the cabbage which had lots of water or was not salted properly and got exposure to the air, or was salted too much, then the Kimchi might get runny. This phenomenon happens frequently for low salinity Kimchi, so remember to make properly seasoned Kimchi. Also, adding too much sugar can cause runny Kimchi.–    For Radish Kimchi, a lot of moisture from the radishes might come out when it is salted for too long. This causes runny Radish Kimchi. Make sure that salting does not last more than 1 hour.–    It is important that Kimchi has enough liquid. Be especially careful with low salinity Kimchi.
   A strange odor comes out of the Kimchi.–    The odor might come from the seasoning like garlic, salted fi sh, etc. at first, but it would disappear durng fermentation. Putting lots of garlic, onions, or spring onions into Kimchi might cause an unpleasant odor, so add them properly.–    When you store Kimchi in the refrigerator without a little bit of fermenting, it might cause a strange odor.–    An odor can occur If the Kimchi is in contact with the air or yeast has appeared in the Kimchi making it sour.–    Odors can be prevented by blocking outside air after making Kimchi, and by leaving the Kimchi at room temperature for a certain period of time before putting it in the Kimchi refrigerator.

Always disconnect the power plug before cleaning the Kimchi Refrigerator. Failing to do so may result in electric shock. Make sure the detachable parts are clean and dry before reassembling them.

Cleaning and Care

Cleaning the Kimchi Refrigerator and Rubber Seals

  • Clean with a dish towel that has been soaked with a neutral detergent. Clean the grooves using a cotton swab.
  • Clean the controls and display using a dry dish towel. Do not use water or detergent.
  • Oils and insecticides can react with the Kimchi Refrigerator surface. Over time, this reaction will cause the surface to discolor or even crack. Make sure to keep the Kimchi Refrigerator surface clean of oils and insecticides.
  • Wipe off excess moisture using a dry dish towel.

Removing Frost and Condensation

  • Using sharp objects or excessive force when removing frost will damage the inner walls of the Kimchi Refrigerator.
  • If too much frost has formed inside the Kimchi Refrigerator and it’s difficult to take out the Kimchi Containers, empty the Kimchi Containers and power off the chamber. Wait 30 minutes and remove the frost. Make sure to store the items inside the Kimchi Containers in the other chamber or your refrigerator.
  • Frost will turn into ice over time. This will decrease your Kimchi Refrigerator’s performance. Make sure to remove any frost inside the Kimchi Refrigerator before it turns into ice. Failing to do so may result in the items stored inside your Kimchi Refrigerator going bad.

Cleaning the Deodorizers

  • Deodorizers are semi-permanent units that do not need to be replaced.
  • Remove the deodorizer by opening the door, flipping the hook located at the center of the deodorizer up, and then pulling the deodorizer cover down. Clean the deodorizer when necessary and reassemble it in the reverse order.
  • Dry the deodorizer under the sun for about a day to reactivate its deodorization agents.

Cleaning the Kimchi Containers

  • New Kimchi Containers can smell of plastic. Wash them thoroughly using a neutral detergent and a sponge before use.
  • If your Kimchi Container has taken on a smell from normal use, add small bits of green vegetables and set it aside with the lid on for a day or so, or fill it with water left over from washing rice and scrub the inside of the Kimchi Container with a sponge to remove the smell.
  • Long-term use can cause the Kimchi Containers to take on the color and smell of the kimchi stored in them.

NOTE: If you intend to not use the Kimchi Refrigerator for an extended duration of time or when cleaning the Kimchi Refrigerator, disconnect the power plug, open the doors to allow the interior to dry, and clean the interior using a dry piece of cloth or dish towel.

WARNING

• Do not spray water directly onto the Kimchi Refrigerator.
• Do not use benzene, paint thinner, bleach, alcohol or acetone to clean it.
• Do not clean the display using a wet dish towel.
• Do not place or boil a kimchi container or its lid in water that has a temperature of 50 ℃ or higher.
• Do not place or use a kimchi container or its lid in a dishwasher or a microwave.

CAUTION

• Do not use a brush, scrub, rough piece of cloth or any abrasive tool to clean the interior or exterior of the Kimchi Refrigerator.
• Once you’ve finished cleaning, make sure that the power cord is undamaged and the power plug is cool and securely inserted into the electrical outlet.
• Do not slide your hands underneath the Kimchi Refrigerator. There are sharp parts that could cause injury.
• Do not place the Kimchi Container or lid in hot (50ºC) or boiling water.

Troubleshooting

ProblemSolution
 The Kimchi Refrigerator is not working.–    Check the power plug connection.–    Check if the chamber you want to use has been turned on.–    The compressor unit will turn on and off repeatedly to maintain the temperature levels inside the Kimchi Refrigerator. This is a normal operation.
 The temperature inside the Kimchi Refrigerator is too high.–    Check the power plug connection.–    Direct sunlight and heating appliances can decrease the Kimchi Refrigerator’s performance. Make sure to install the Kimchi Refrigerator away from direct sunlight and heating appliances.–    Secure at least 10cm of clearance between the Kimchi Refrigerator and the walls to the rear and sides.–    If Kimchi (weak) storage function is selected, adjust it to Kimchi (mid) or (strong). Use caution. The stored food might get frozen.
  Frost/condensation has formed on the inner walls.–    Your Kimchi Refrigerator employs a direct cooling mechanism to ensure the most optimal kimchi storage conditions. Frost formation and condensation inside the chambers are natural phenomenon of this cooling mechanism. (Caused by the convection current.)–    Frost or condensation can form if the ambient temperature or humidity level is high, the Kimchi Refrigerator doors are left open for a long time, or the Kimchi Refrigerator doors are opened and closed too frequently.–    Some frost may form inside the product as a result of the moisture level regulation used to keep kimchi fresh. This is not a malfunction.
The front/backof the Kimchi Refrigerator is hot. – Your Kimchi Refrigerator uses heating pipes that prevent condensation. Also, the Kimchi Refrigerator may feel hot when started up for the first time or during summer. This is not a malfunction.
  Kimchi stored in the Kimchi Refrigerator is becoming frozen.–    Items stored inside the Kimchi Refrigerator can freeze if the ambient temperature around the Kimchi Refrigerator is too low.–    Your Kimchi Refrigerator employs a direct cooling mechanism, which will cause fruit and vegetables to freeze if they come into direct contact with the walls inside the chambers. Store fruit and vegetables using the Kimchi Containers with the lids on and store items that can freeze easily away from the inner walls.–    Wrapping items in paper towels will prevent them from softening and make it possible to store them for a long time.
I can hear the soundof water flowing. – This could be the sound of the refrigerant or the sound of frost inside the product melting. This is not a malfunction.
The Kimchi Refrigerator is making a clanking/ whirring sound. – Your Kimchi Refrigerator will make noise as its internal temperature drops or rises, its components are activated and deactivated, and when the power is cut off or restored. This is not a malfunction.
I just boughtthe Kimchi Refrigerator, but it is wet inside. – The moisture is the result of performance testing at the factory.This is not a malfunction and does not mean the product is a second hand product.
 The Kimchi Refrigerator smells funny.–    Items that have been stored in the Kimchi Refrigerator for an extended period of time can also be the cause of the odor.–    The deodorizers may be dirty and no longer capable of removing odors effectively. Try cleaning them.–    Check if Kimchi liquid has leaked from the Containers.
The Kimchi Refrigerator controls are unresponsive.  –    Unlock the controls by pressing the Lock/Unlock button.–    Check if the chamber you want to use has been turned on.
There are letters shown on the display.  – This occurs if there is a problem with the product’s temperaturesensor. Contact the service center.

LIMITED WARRANTY (U.S.A.)

SAMSUNG REFRIGERATOR
LIMITED WARRANTY TO ORIGINAL CONSUMER PURCHASER WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE

This SAMSUNG brand product, as supplied and distributed by Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SAMSUNG) and delivered new, in the original carton to the original consumer purchaser, is warranted by SAMSUNG against manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship for the limited warranty period of:

  • One (1) year parts and labor
  • Five (5) years parts and labor on Sealed Refrigeration System Only (Compressor, Evaporator, Condenser, Drier, and Connecting Tubing)
  • Ten (10) years part and Five (5) years labor on Digital Inverter Compressor Only

This limited warranty is valid only on products purchased and used in the United States that have been installed, operated, and maintained according to the instructions attached to or furnished with the product. To receive warranty service, the purchaser must contact SAMSUNG at the address or phone number provided below for problem determination and service procedures. Warranty service can only be performed by a SAMSUNG authorized service center. The original dated bill of sale must be presented upon request as proof of purchase to SAMSUNG or SAMSUNG’s authorized service center to receive warranty service.

SAMSUNG will provide in-home service within the contiguous United States during the warranty period at no charge, subject to availability of SAMSUNG authorized servicers within the customer’s geographic area. If in-home service is not available, SAMSUNG may elect, at its option, to provide transportation of the product to and from an authorized service center. If the product is located in an area where service by a SAMSUNG authorized servicer is not available, you may be responsible for a trip charge or required to bring the product to a SAMSUNG authorized service center for service.

To receive in-home service, product must be unobstructed and accessible to the service agent. During the applicable warranty period, a product will be repaired, replaced, or the purchase price refunded, at the sole option of SAMSUNG. SAMSUNG may use new or reconditioned parts in repairing a product, or replace the product with a new or reconditioned product. Replacement parts and products are warranted for the remaining portion of the original product’s warranty or ninety (90) days, whichever is longer. All replaced parts and products are the property of SAMSUNG and you must return them to SAMSUNG.

LIMITED WARRANTY (U.S.A.)

This limited warranty covers manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship encountered in normal household, noncommercial use of this product and shall not cover the following: damage that occurs in shipment, delivery, installation, and uses for which this product was not intended; damage caused by unauthorized modification or alteration of the product; product where the original factory serial numbers have been removed, defaced, changed in any way, or cannot be readily determined; cosmetic damage including scratches, dents, chips, and other damage to the product’s finishes; damage caused by abuse, misuse, pest infestations, accident, fire, floods, or other acts of nature or God; damage caused by use of equipment, utilities, services, parts, supplies, accessories, applications, installations, repairs, external wiring or connectors not supplied or authorized by SAMSUNG; damage caused by incorrect electrical line current, voltage, fluctuations and surges; damage caused by failure to operate and maintain the product according to instructions; in-home instruction on how to use your product; and service to correct installation not in accordance with electrical or plumbing codes or correction of household electrical or plumbing (i.e., house wiring, fuses, or water inlet hoses). The cost of repair or replacement under these excluded circumstances shall be the customer’s responsibility.

Visits by an authorized servicer to explain product functions, maintenance or installation are not covered by this limited warranty. Please contact SAMSUNG at the number below for assistance with any of these issues. EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO ONE YEAR OR THE SHORTEST PERIOD ALLOWED BY LAW. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.

LIMITATION OF REMEDIES

YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS PRODUCT REPAIR, PRODUCT REPLACEMENT, OR REFUND OF THE PURCHASE PRICE AT SAMSUNG’S OPTION, AS PROVIDED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. SAMSUNG SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TIME AWAY FROM WORK, HOTELS AND/OR RESTAURANT MEALS, REMODELING EXPENSES, LOSS OF REVENUE OR PROFITS, FAILURE TO REALIZE SAVINGS OR OTHER BENEFITS REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ON WHICH THE CLAIM IS BASED, AND EVEN IF SAMSUNG HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Some states do not allow exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state. SAMSUNG does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the product.

No warranty or guarantee given by any other person, firm, or corporation with respect to this product shall be binding on SAMSUNG.
To obtain warranty service, please contact SAMSUNG at:
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
85 Challenger Road
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
1-800-SAMSUNG (726-7864)
www.samsung.com/us/support

Warranty Information (CANADA)

IF YOUR REFRIGERATOR NEEDS SERVICE
Do not hesitate to call any Samsung Authorized Service Center nearby giving them your name, address and telephone number if your product is not functioning properly.

LIMITED WARRANTY FOR ORIGINAL PURCHASER
This Samsung product is warranted by Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. (hereafter referred to as SECA) against manufacturing defects in material or workmanship for the following periods:
Labor : 1 year (in-home)
Parts : 1 year
Inverter Compressor : 10 years (Part only)

SECA further warrants that if this product fails to operate properly within the specified warranty period and the failure is due to improper workmanship or defective material, SECA will repair or replace the product at its option. In-home service is not available in all areas. Contact us to find out if in-home service is currently available in your area by using the contact information at the back of this warranty. All warranty repairs or part replacements must be performed by a SECA Authorized Service Center. (To find the nearest SECA Service Center, call
1-800-SAMSUNG (7267864) or visit our website at www.samsung.com/ca)

OBLIGATION TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER

The original dated sales receipt must be retained by the customer and is the only acceptable proof of purchase. It must be presented to a SECA Authorized Service Center at the time service is requested before warranty services are rendered. On all carry-in models, transportation to and from the Authorized Service Center is the responsibility of the customer.

EXCLUSIONS OF THE WARRANTY
This warranty does not cover damage due to accident, fire, flood, and/or other Acts of God, misuse, incorrect line voltage, improper installation, improper or unauthorized repairs, commercial use, or damage that occurs during shipping. Customer adjustments which are explained in this owners manual are not covered under the terms of this warranty. This warranty will automatically be voided for any unit found with a missing or altered serial number. This warranty is valid only on products purchased and used in Canada.

SAMSUNG CUSTOMER CARE CENTER
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
2050 Derry Road West
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 0B9 Canada
1-800-SAMSUNG (726-7864)
www.samsung.com/ca/support (English)
www.samsung.com/ca_fr/support (French)

Contact SAMSUNG WORLD WIDE
If you have any questions or comments relating to Samsung products, please contact the SAMSUNG customer care center.

COUNTRYCALLWEB SITESUBSIDIARIES OFFICE ADDRESS
 U.S.A1-800-SAMSUNG (726-7864) www.samsung.com/us/supportSamsung Electronics America, Inc. 85 Challenger Road Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
 CANADA 1-800-SAMSUNG (726-7864)www.samsung.com/ca/ support (English) www.samsung.com/ca_fr/ support (French)Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. 2050 Derry Road West, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 0B9 Canada

Documents / Resources

SAMSUNG RP22T31137Z 7.6 cu. ft. Kimchi and Specialty 2-Door Chest Refrigerator [pdf] User Manual
RP22T31137Z, 7.6 cu. ft. Kimchi and Specialty 2-Door Chest Refrigerator

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